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Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence

in Truth Machine

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226498065
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226498089 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0010
Science, Common Sense, and DNA Evidence

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This chapter examines Regina v. Adams, a court case in the United Kingdom that challenged DNA evidence. It explains that the defense effectively attacked the credibility of the DNA evidence and developed a highly unusual procedure for weighing it together with the eyewitness testimony. Though the appeal court eventually disallowed the defense's strategy, the judgment highlighted some significant questions about the relationship between scientific and commonsense evidence.

Keywords: Regina v. Adams; court case; United Kingdom; DNA evidence; credibility; eyewitness testimony; scientific evidence; commonsense evidence

Chapter.  12742 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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